Don’t get separated from your pets in the event of an emergency!
It’s no secret that Butte County is prone to wildfires. Every year homes are lost and even more families are evacuated. Emotions escalate, you can’t think straight, you’re not sure what to grab.
You always hear about the importance of having an evacuation plan, but you always put it off. Well now is the time to set it in place. Whatever you do, don’t forget to include your pets in the plan.
Have a travel crate for each of your animals, know where they are, and make sure they are accessible. Do you have livestock or horses? You’ll need a trailer and a place to shelter them for awhile. And of course you’re going to want to have a disaster kit ready to go.
Here is a list of basic items to include in your pets’ disaster kits:
- Food & Water: Enough to last your pet at least a week. Travel size feeding dishes.
- Proof of ownership: Include pictures and documents/records in case you are separated. This you may want to keep in your fire safe.
- Vaccines and meds: Proof of vaccinations and supply of meds and/or copy of prescription if you need to board your pet.
- First aid kit: Gauze, disinfecting wipes, tweezers, ice packs, and a pet first-aid book.
- Leash/crates: Big enough for them to turn around, sit down, and stand up in case they need to be enclosed for long hours. Extra blankets and wipes for cleanup.
- Comforting toys or objects: Having familiar objects around is a good way to keep your pet calm during a stressful time.
- Treats: Your pet feels stress too so some of his or her favorite treats may help get their mind off of the stress of the situation.
If you see a fire near your home, don’t wait until an officer in uniform comes knocking on your door, telling you to leave immediately. Grab your ready-made checklist of items for both you and your pets, and get everything ready to grab at the first sign of danger.